Published: Wed, June 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

FIFA warns Mexico over discriminatory chants at Confed Cup

Portugal coach, Fernando Santos, has expressed his anger after a goal was disallowed in their 2-2 draw with Mexico at the ongoing Confederations Cup in Russian Federation, by the video assistant referee (VAR).

Mexico's second half resistance was broken four minutes from time when Hector Herrera let the ball bounce off his foot and Cedric pounced, with the Southampton player's shot taking a deflection off Herrera on the way in.

Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo insists there is no reason to panic following their opening draw in the Confederations Cup yesterday morning (SIngapore time).

After Russia beat New Zealand on Saturday in the Confederations Cup opener, Sunday saw the competition really lift off.

Quality superior Mexico can not afford another slip-up in the Confederations Cup and will be looking for a reaction against the minnows New Zaeland in order to keep their hopes of progressing through group stage alive.

Herculez Gomez weighs in on Mexico's 2-2 draw against Portugal and assesses Juan Carlos Osorio's tenure with El Tri. "We are calm and thinking about the next game".

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Mexico's chance appeared to have passed when Hernandez fluffed a chance from close range but Moreno rose to nod a free header home in the first minute of injury time to snatch a share of the spoils.

An entertaining contest at the Kazan Arena was first ignited when Cristiano Ronaldo fired a shot onto Mexico's crossbar in the early stages of the match.

Borussia Dortmund midfielder Raphael Guerreiro failed to deal with a cross into the box and Carlos Vela teed up Hernandez, who met the cross with a diving header. The veteran forward used one touch to clear goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa and then easily found the open net.

There were concerns that the match could be suspended after warnings from Federation Internationale de Football Association against homophobic chants by Mexican fans, but they were only heard a couple of times during the match and did not cause any disruption.

As the Chile players once more wheeled away to celebrate, Skomina again gestured to review the moment, this time Sanchez allegedly in an offside position when played through. Compared to Mexico/Portugal, it was a slower methodical story of two sides testing each other's weakness and vulnerabilities until the action came to a head in the last ten minutes of the match.

A short statement to FIFA's in-house television reporters, lamenting that his team "suffered at the last minute" due to Hector Moreno's late equaliser, was the only material anybody had to go on, though Ronaldo later said there was no need for Portugal "to sound the alarm" in relation to the result.

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